Kathy has lived in Lafayette for 32 years, and during that time has held a number of leadership and board positions in Bay Area business, educational organizations and foundations. She served as past President and Chair of LPIE (formerly LASF) and participated in multiple Lafayette Chamber and City task forces. Kathy was an early participant in the successful campaign to build the Lafayette Library and Learning Center and a founding board member of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation.
For over 14 years, Kathy has worked, as a volunteer and staff member, with Youth Homes, Inc, a non-profit agency serving the needs of foster children and at-risk youth in Contra Costa County. As Director of Development, she was responsible for all aspects of the fundraising program. Retiring as staff, Kathy served on the Board of Directors, and held a variety of positions, including a three-year term as President. Current positions include serving on the board of the Lafayette Community Foundation and continued participation with Youth Homes, Inc.
Kathy, along with husband Rick, has raised four children in Lafayette. In addition to volunteering her time, she is an avid reader, hiker, skier, golfer, and traveler.
Jana spent nearly 30 years in the energy industry, including executive positions in strategic planning, energy efficiency, field operations, and regulatory relations. She has experience with large capital projects, including leading a $2.2B capital project to replace all 10 million analog meters in PG&E service territory with electronic devices. Her most recent experience included leadership positions in solar and electric vehicle program design. Prior to her energy industry experience, she worked for Bain Consulting and in the aerospace industry.
Jana served as Chairman of the Board of the California Electric Transportation Coalition and also has philanthropic Board experience with the National Charity League. She has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She raised her two daughters in Marin County and now resides in Lafayette.
Tracey Karsten Farrell
Tracey is a marketing communications consultant and freelance commercial writer with over 30 years of experience in branding, retail sales promotion, public relations, and consumer product marketing. Her clients have included Beverages & more (now BevMo), Chabot Space & Science Center, Chevron, Cost Plus World Market, Nokia, and Xinhua Finance Media. Prior to her consulting practice, she was a Corporate Marketing Manager at Levi Strauss & Co. and Editor of San Francisco Magazine.
Tracey has lived in Lafayette since 1985 and served on various City committees and task forces as well as in leadership and Board positions in volunteer organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Lafayette Juniors, and National Charity League. She was also on the inaugural LLLC marketing communications team.
Tracey and her husband, Glenn, have raised three daughters in Lafayette. She has a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA), is an avid reader, skier and sailor who dabbles in golf, and is also licensed to sell yachts by the State of California.
Larry was born and raised in Lafayette, and along with wife, Diane, have raised their son and daughter in Lafayette, all with fond memories of the Park Theater. His parents built the first house on Glen Road in Lower Happy Valley in 1948 and Larry grew up watching Lafayette grow from a two-lane Mt Diablo Blvd. to the building of Highway 24, and then the advent of BART. Diane’s grandfather was the original developer of La Fiesta Square.
Larry has 45 years of acquisition, ownership, management, development and redevelopment experience working with hundreds of investment properties including commercial, retail, office, multifamily, industrial, residential, motel/hotel, subdivision, and land, and was CEO and President of a national real estate Investment group of companies. In addition, he was responsible for redeveloping about 20 properties in West Berkeley primarily in the Gilman, San Pablo and Solano Avenue corridors, and he has owned 3 historic buildings in Santa Barbara, San Rafael, and currently in Crockett where he is a founding member of the Carquinez Restore the Waterfront Committee working to restore the waterfront and marina area of Crockett.
Larry was on the Board of Directors for Lafayette’s Main Street Project in the early 1980s and has participated in Downtown Planning in Santa Barbara and San Rafael. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Tim is a Managing Director with PGIM Real Estate in San Francisco, a global private equity real estate investor with $75B of asset under management. Tim has been with PGIM Real Estate for over 15 years and currently leads the acquisitions function for the Western Region of the U.S. He has been involved in sourcing, structuring, negotiation, and closing of some of the most complicated real estate development projects in the western U.S.
Prior to PGIM Real Estate, Tim spent 5 years as a Project Developer for Jay Paul Company, a large, San Francisco-based office developer and major landlord for technology companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, to name a few.
Tim is a past board member of the Mid-Peninsula Ice Rink Foundation, a non-profit that was established in 2012 that sought to develop a new ice skating facility in Burlingame, CA in conjunction with the San Jose Sharks. Tim is married and has two children, and resides in Lafayette.
Awais has lived in Lafayette for 20 years, and is currently Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Meridian Property Company’s general office division and Northern California medical office building division.
In over 25 years of real estate investing, Awais has gained extensive experience in acquisitions underwriting and closing, joint venture deal structuring, leasing, asset management, entitlements and debt procurement. He oversees the acquisitions functions of the team based in San Ramon, CA. Previously, Awais served as a Partner at Harvest Properties, Inc., where he was responsible for sourcing new acquisitions and guiding the performance of assets. Prior to Harvest Properties, Awais held several positions at CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, and before that served as an Acquisitions Analyst at LaSalle Partners.
Awais holds a BA in Political Economy from Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and is a member of the SFBA NAIOP Chapter Advisory Council. He was recently selected by the chapter to serve on the NAIOP National Board.